Stray Bullets, Vol. 2: Somewhere Out West

Stray Bullets, Vol. 2: Somewhere Out West[BOOKS] ⚣ Stray Bullets, Vol. 2: Somewhere Out West By David Lapham – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Somewhere out West is a town no one knows about a desert town whose inhabitants wait for the day a great earthquake will bring them beachfront property Here, two young lovers on the run from the Mob w Somewhere out Vol. 2: Epub â West is a town no one knows about a desert town whose inhabitants wait for the day a great earthquake will bring them beachfront property Here, two young lovers on the run from the Mob will learn that love is than just another four letter word A once beautiful, now broken woman will Stray Bullets, ePUB ô let the demons of her past pull her down into a thick soup of depravity and death A betrayed little girl running from everything will decide to help someone and be scarred forever And a big lug with big dreams will achieve fame and glory and then throw it all away These are just some of Bullets, Vol. 2: Kindle Ð the people whose tales will stick in your gut for the rest of your days. More slice of gutter sex, drugs and violence, and not one is beautiful, not one is admirable, not one escapes in this gritty rough monochrome pulp throwback to sixties crime comix The fifties Comics Code was right, these stories corrupt you, and will drag you down, down down into depravity Let the reader beware Somewhere Out West is the second larger collection, including 8 14, of David Lapham s Stray Bullets series from the nineties Once you ve seen Pulp Fiction, you can t help but think o More slice of gutter sex, drugs and violence, and not one is beautiful, not one is admirable, not one escapes in this gritty rough monochrome pulp throwback to sixties crime comix The fifties Comics Code was right, these stories corrupt you, and will drag you down, down down into depravity Let the reader beware Somewhere Out West is the second larger collection, including 8 14, of David Lapham s Stray Bullets series from the nineties Once you ve seen Pulp Fiction, you can t help but think of it as a cultural reference for any other similarly violent story from the period, and that is true for this series, for sure Though I also go back to Sam Peckinpah s ultra violent, Straw Dogs, too Oh, and since I am reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Criminal, too, I see this as a scratchier, deliberately less polished version of Criminal all of the folks in Stray Bullets are criminals As with PF, we have thus far a set of seemingly disconnected tales that seem to be slowly coalescing Not all of them are yet connected, but you can see how they all might mesh somehow We ve moved from Balti in Volume 1 to Somewhere Out West, also known as Seaside, a California desert town whose inhabitants wait for the day The Big One will flush half of the state into the Pacific and they will then own prime beachfront property There s a bit of a focus coming out of the first volume on Orson, Beth and Nina Orson, you will recall, has graduated from a Balti high school, and still a virgin, meets an older woman who introduces him to the dark side of drugs and sex and then swirls with her down the drain into a cesspool of crime he and Beth and Nina killed someone, and are on the run from the Mob Nina is the saddest and most poignant character here, now a lost drug addict falling falling into madness.A nice quiet little nowhere desert town to hide out A place to settle down and start over Forget it, with these depraved freaks Many interesting loser characters including nice enough Nick, the new Sheriff, who tries ot give the impression he is luckier with the ladies than he actually is There s another psychotic Amy Racecar story I can t seem to unsee Yikes And the macabre death of a five legged cow that has the town folks weeping at her funeral They have lost their main point of distinction Nightmarish, accomplished, a kind of stoned storytelling carnie ride Help I can t seem to get off this Ferris Wheel The first Stray Bullets book is a masterpiece is there anything higher than that The second volume is a double masterpiece I LOVED this book I might run out of superlatives, this comic is that good, so get your umbrellas out because I m gonna start gushing It s 1982 and Orson, the kid we met in the first book who d just graduated high school, has fallen into a life of crime With his girlfriend Beth and their friend Nina, they ve ripped off Harry, stealing a suitcase of blow and heading so The first Stray Bullets book is a masterpiece is there anything higher than that The second volume is a double masterpiece I LOVED this book I might run out of superlatives, this comic is that good, so get your umbrellas out because I m gonna start gushing It s 1982 and Orson, the kid we met in the first book who d just graduated high school, has fallen into a life of crime With his girlfriend Beth and their friend Nina, they ve ripped off Harry, stealing a suitcase of blow and heading somewhere out west They hole up in the strange small desert town of Seaside, which, though landlocked for hundreds of miles in any direction, has residents who believe that when the earthquake happens and swallows California, they will be the new coastline We meet a number of new characters in this book, from Nick, the loutish and dim but generally decent chap who s destined to become the new sheriff, to Leslie and Lemmy, a pair of scummy residents who prey on young girls But the life they left behind is eating away at Orson, Beth and Nina, and Nina s mind begins to unravel, helped on by copious amounts of drugs With Harry s boys, Spanish Scott and Monster, on their trail, will our young protagonists get away with their score or pay the price The first Stray Bullets book was a brilliant collection of loosely connected short stories spanning some twenty years with a strong crime vibe that made me think of Tarantino s films With this second book, David Lapham has shrugged off any such comparisons to make this series its own standalone work It s also much less crime focused, though it still retains a number of those elements, particularly noir This second volume is still structured like it s a collection of shorts though they are muchcohesive and form aor less linear narrative set within a year with the same cast The exception is the Amy Racecar story, or Chapter 3, which is set in the 41st century The Amy Racecar stories there was one in the first book too are a puzzle to me Are they actually set in the 41st century Are they flights of fancy from David Lapham We meet a character who kind of looks like a teenage version of Amy, who calls herself Amy , in 1982 is she Amy Racecar and are these 41st century stories her fantasies Either way, these asides are really fun and, like the other chapters in this book, her story is tied to the town of Seaside Reading Stray Bullets doesn t feel like reading a comic it slike watching a movie a really, really, really excellent movie that totally immerses you The storytelling is so fluid, well paced, and succinctly measured, that reading it is an effortless joy I m not sure what I liked , the stories or the characters, but I do know that Lapham creates characters so perfectly realised, I can t think of an immediate comparison Will Eisner perhaps Nina, Orson and Beth s friend, is the most haunting character portrait in the book We never see the score that these three pull off, just the aftermath, but we know that someone died, Nina feels responsible and is irreparably scarred from it and is slowly descending into total darkness Lapham jumps from character to character so we see all viewpoints at the right moments in the story, and so we see Nina through Orson s eyes, then through Beth s, other residents of Seaside, and, just once, from Nina herself, catching a glimpse of her nightmarish memories that are slowly killing her.I can t stress how memorable and disturbing seeing Nina s deterioration was it s one of the most harrowing and powerful characterisations I ve ever experienced in a comic It s a bit like Jennifer Connelly s transformation in Requiem for a Dream She goes from being a broken but still real person, to complete train wreck horrorshow Watching the first time she rebuffed the sleazy approaches of Leslie and Lemmy, two characters I don t think I ve hatedin a comic because Lapham writes them so well as villains, not because they re incompetently created before joining them in all sorts of horrifying ways, was shocking The way she just gave up her dignity was palpable, and yet she retained a sliver of her old self in some scenes later on incredible But I loved the other character portraits too Orson and Beth have their moments and are one of the most real comics couples I ve come across a bit over the top in places, to me anyway, but just because I don t know people like that doesn t mean they don t exist And the way their arc completes by the end is thrilling, you can t predict what ll happen next Nick is another great character When we first see him he comes across like so many of the Seaside residents as a low life, bumming around a dead end town, feeding his sybaritic desires Then Lapham develops him so he comes acomplex character a hero, a saviour, and a real person The art of Somewhere Out West is extraordinary I m not just talking about the visuals, though Lapham s expressive characters are amazing, and it s stunning what he can do with an 8 panel grid the format of most of the book But the art of everything from the visuals to the writing, to the storytelling and the layouts it all comes together in such an inspired way Stray Bullets is a grown up book in every sense of the word so I hugely recommend it to everyone of age though it s fine for later teens Stray Bullets is both high art and the best entertainment full marks to David Lapham on every aspect of this book There s so much good stuff here to talk about that I know I haven t done justice to in this review which is why I feel it s inadequate to say, but I ll leave it here this is a special comic Hovering between 4 and 5 stars Rounding up instead of down because Nick s character arc is fascinating and plausible his story perfectly captures a false man who presents himself differently to everyone, which he does effortlessly because he s as hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny And because of a superb plot device involving a head sized hole in a mobile home bedroom floor As the connections between the large cast of characters becomes clearer, this series becomesriveting Hovering between 4 and 5 stars Rounding up instead of down because Nick s character arc is fascinating and plausible his story perfectly captures a false man who presents himself differently to everyone, which he does effortlessly because he s as hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny And because of a superb plot device involving a head sized hole in a mobile home bedroom floor As the connections between the large cast of characters becomes clearer, this series becomesriveting Edit In later volumes the inclusion of the Amy Racecar stories comes to make sense, but when I read v2 they were still an unwelcome, out of joint puzzle More of this near surreal, yet at times darkly comical, and I mean darkly comical, grifter crime mystery thriller with a heart Nina, Beth and Orson are hiding out in a town in the middle of nowhere after an unspecified run of events against Harry s mob that sees them with a lot of his Cocaine In monochrome and at times sparse dialogue and or visuals Lapham teases out the relationships between the main AND secondary characters so well But what this series isthan anything else is story L More of this near surreal, yet at times darkly comical, and I mean darkly comical, grifter crime mystery thriller with a heart Nina, Beth and Orson are hiding out in a town in the middle of nowhere after an unspecified run of events against Harry s mob that sees them with a lot of his Cocaine In monochrome and at times sparse dialogue and or visuals Lapham teases out the relationships between the main AND secondary characters so well But what this series isthan anything else is story Let the saga continue 9 out of 12 Couldn t even finish it Tedious, disjointed to the point of needing a map at which point it feelslike work than enjoyment. Good god I love this series. Im getting kinda obsessed with this series it is so ridiculously fun that he s releasing them out of time order Im having a great time piecing everything together This issue has an especially fun Amy Racecar story, and I absolutely loved the bits of Virginia s diary so well done, did a real thirteen year old do the lettering Lapham is one of those writers you can make you love terrible people or is it just that all of his characters are so delightfully complex and murderous that you don t Im getting kinda obsessed with this series it is so ridiculously fun that he s releasing them out of time order Im having a great time piecing everything together This issue has an especially fun Amy Racecar story, and I absolutely loved the bits of Virginia s diary so well done, did a real thirteen year old do the lettering Lapham is one of those writers you can make you love terrible people or is it just that all of his characters are so delightfully complex and murderous that you don t get tied up reading through a biased moral point of view So great Stray Bullets Volume 1 Somewhere Out West collects issues 8 14 of the comic book series by David Lapham It s another over the top tale of violence and low lifes and I liked it.The town of Seaside has a boardwalk, but no waterfront They live in the hopes of a big California earthquake that will bring them the beach and make their property valuable It s a town in the middle of nowhere populated by nobodys This makes it the perfect town for Orson, Beth and Nina to hide from the mob in They Stray Bullets Volume 1 Somewhere Out West collects issues 8 14 of the comic book series by David Lapham It s another over the top tale of violence and low lifes and I liked it.The town of Seaside has a boardwalk, but no waterfront They live in the hopes of a big California earthquake that will bring them the beach and make their property valuable It s a town in the middle of nowhere populated by nobodys This makes it the perfect town for Orson, Beth and Nina to hide from the mob in They ve got a suitcase full of drugs, or they did until Nina started helping herself They have a nosy neighbor kid who is spying through the holes in their floor They try to hide out and not go stir crazy Can they stay below the radar, especially with Nina freaking out Seaside also has a big talking loser named Nick He talks a good game, but he s not as lucky with the ladies as he lets on He might get a chance at something if Beth and Nina have anything to say He might be the distraction they need, but what goes up does come down, or does it It s all black and white art, and I like Lapham s style The book is a series of stories that intertwine and weave around each other Amy Racecar, the psychopath from the first volume, makes an appearance The situations and violence are quirky and filled with dark humor The characters are strange and the stuff of garishly bad dreams I enjoyed the heck out of the first volume and this one too I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you for allowing me to review this very good graphic novel I can only see 3.0 meager stars Somewhere Out West Buttons pressed Unlikable characters v1 yes v2 yes.With redeeming qualities and or moments v1 yes v2 not so much.Senseless violence v1 almost too much v2 a bit less than that.With plot or character justification v1 mostly v2 only occasionally.Ugly visuals v1 yes v2 evenso Lemmy is almost sufficient reason never to open this book.For seemingly good reason s v1 i think so v2 i don t think so.Stereotyped behavior for many char I can only see 3.0 meager stars Somewhere Out West Buttons pressed Unlikable characters v1 yes v2 yes.With redeeming qualities and or moments v1 yes v2 not so much.Senseless violence v1 almost too much v2 a bit less than that.With plot or character justification v1 mostly v2 only occasionally.Ugly visuals v1 yes v2 evenso Lemmy is almost sufficient reason never to open this book.For seemingly good reason s v1 i think so v2 i don t think so.Stereotyped behavior for many characters and events v1 yep v2 yup.Of a forgivable variety v1 often v2 rarely never.Questions still plague me such as, Are we supposed toa KNOW what happened to Nina at the end of the last story please PM or comment b believe Seaside s citizens are reasonable facsimiles of real life smalltown folk c agree with Virginia s assessment of Beth and Orson s relationship d be amused by Sheriff MontanaNo longer confident that i ll read the entire series, i ll still begin v3, Other People, tonight You first notice the hole in the bedroom floor when the protagonist steps in it on page two it s covered by a rug, so he doesn t fall through But you know that David Lapham isn t gonna let a floor hole be a mere trivial inconvenience Later you see the rug above the hole waggling in the air some voyeur s head is poking up At some point the rug clears away so that a runaway girl can prop herself up just enough downstairs, so that her head appears as an angelic apparition for her drug addl You first notice the hole in the bedroom floor when the protagonist steps in it on page two it s covered by a rug, so he doesn t fall through But you know that David Lapham isn t gonna let a floor hole be a mere trivial inconvenience Later you see the rug above the hole waggling in the air some voyeur s head is poking up At some point the rug clears away so that a runaway girl can prop herself up just enough downstairs, so that her head appears as an angelic apparition for her drug addled playmate Later still the hole is the site of one of the most degrading, despicable murders in comix history Of course there sto this strange story than that floor hole The setting is a beachside resort in the middle of the desert the town is waiting for California to split off from the mainland and grow its own east coast And the gangsters innocents you ve seen in the first Stray Bullets stories get stranger and fuller here my favorite is Twenty Eight Guys Named Nick Plus exceptional violence, drug use, sex, revenge, and creepy circus clowns I ve never read anything like it and if we need a cinematic analogy, imagine a cross between Sam Peckinpah and David Lynch

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub all away These are just some of Bullets, Vol. 2: Kindle Ð the people whose tales will stick in your gut for the rest of your days. More slice of gutter sex, drugs and violence, and not one is beautiful, not one is admirable, not one escapes in this gritty rough monochrome pulp throwback to sixties crime comix The fifties Comics Code was right, these stories corrupt you, and will drag you down, down down into depravity Let the reader beware Somewhere Out West is the second larger collection, including 8 14, of David Lapham s Stray Bullets series from the nineties Once you ve seen Pulp Fiction, you can t help but think o More slice of gutter sex, drugs and violence, and not one is beautiful, not one is admirable, not one escapes in this gritty rough monochrome pulp throwback to sixties crime comix The fifties Comics Code was right, these stories corrupt you, and will drag you down, down down into depravity Let the reader beware Somewhere Out West is the second larger collection, including 8 14, of David Lapham s Stray Bullets series from the nineties Once you ve seen Pulp Fiction, you can t help but think of it as a cultural reference for any other similarly violent story from the period, and that is true for this series, for sure Though I also go back to Sam Peckinpah s ultra violent, Straw Dogs, too Oh, and since I am reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Criminal, too, I see this as a scratchier, deliberately less polished version of Criminal all of the folks in Stray Bullets are criminals As with PF, we have thus far a set of seemingly disconnected tales that seem to be slowly coalescing Not all of them are yet connected, but you can see how they all might mesh somehow We ve moved from Balti in Volume 1 to Somewhere Out West, also known as Seaside, a California desert town whose inhabitants wait for the day The Big One will flush half of the state into the Pacific and they will then own prime beachfront property There s a bit of a focus coming out of the first volume on Orson, Beth and Nina Orson, you will recall, has graduated from a Balti high school, and still a virgin, meets an older woman who introduces him to the dark side of drugs and sex and then swirls with her down the drain into a cesspool of crime he and Beth and Nina killed someone, and are on the run from the Mob Nina is the saddest and most poignant character here, now a lost drug addict falling falling into madness.A nice quiet little nowhere desert town to hide out A place to settle down and start over Forget it, with these depraved freaks Many interesting loser characters including nice enough Nick, the new Sheriff, who tries ot give the impression he is luckier with the ladies than he actually is There s another psychotic Amy Racecar story I can t seem to unsee Yikes And the macabre death of a five legged cow that has the town folks weeping at her funeral They have lost their main point of distinction Nightmarish, accomplished, a kind of stoned storytelling carnie ride Help I can t seem to get off this Ferris Wheel The first Stray Bullets book is a masterpiece is there anything higher than that The second volume is a double masterpiece I LOVED this book I might run out of superlatives, this comic is that good, so get your umbrellas out because I m gonna start gushing It s 1982 and Orson, the kid we met in the first book who d just graduated high school, has fallen into a life of crime With his girlfriend Beth and their friend Nina, they ve ripped off Harry, stealing a suitcase of blow and heading so The first Stray Bullets book is a masterpiece is there anything higher than that The second volume is a double masterpiece I LOVED this book I might run out of superlatives, this comic is that good, so get your umbrellas out because I m gonna start gushing It s 1982 and Orson, the kid we met in the first book who d just graduated high school, has fallen into a life of crime With his girlfriend Beth and their friend Nina, they ve ripped off Harry, stealing a suitcase of blow and heading somewhere out west They hole up in the strange small desert town of Seaside, which, though landlocked for hundreds of miles in any direction, has residents who believe that when the earthquake happens and swallows California, they will be the new coastline We meet a number of new characters in this book, from Nick, the loutish and dim but generally decent chap who s destined to become the new sheriff, to Leslie and Lemmy, a pair of scummy residents who prey on young girls But the life they left behind is eating away at Orson, Beth and Nina, and Nina s mind begins to unravel, helped on by copious amounts of drugs With Harry s boys, Spanish Scott and Monster, on their trail, will our young protagonists get away with their score or pay the price The first Stray Bullets book was a brilliant collection of loosely connected short stories spanning some twenty years with a strong crime vibe that made me think of Tarantino s films With this second book, David Lapham has shrugged off any such comparisons to make this series its own standalone work It s also much less crime focused, though it still retains a number of those elements, particularly noir This second volume is still structured like it s a collection of shorts though they are muchcohesive and form aor less linear narrative set within a year with the same cast The exception is the Amy Racecar story, or Chapter 3, which is set in the 41st century The Amy Racecar stories there was one in the first book too are a puzzle to me Are they actually set in the 41st century Are they flights of fancy from David Lapham We meet a character who kind of looks like a teenage version of Amy, who calls herself Amy , in 1982 is she Amy Racecar and are these 41st century stories her fantasies Either way, these asides are really fun and, like the other chapters in this book, her story is tied to the town of Seaside Reading Stray Bullets doesn t feel like reading a comic it slike watching a movie a really, really, really excellent movie that totally immerses you The storytelling is so fluid, well paced, and succinctly measured, that reading it is an effortless joy I m not sure what I liked , the stories or the characters, but I do know that Lapham creates characters so perfectly realised, I can t think of an immediate comparison Will Eisner perhaps Nina, Orson and Beth s friend, is the most haunting character portrait in the book We never see the score that these three pull off, just the aftermath, but we know that someone died, Nina feels responsible and is irreparably scarred from it and is slowly descending into total darkness Lapham jumps from character to character so we see all viewpoints at the right moments in the story, and so we see Nina through Orson s eyes, then through Beth s, other residents of Seaside, and, just once, from Nina herself, catching a glimpse of her nightmarish memories that are slowly killing her.I can t stress how memorable and disturbing seeing Nina s deterioration was it s one of the most harrowing and powerful characterisations I ve ever experienced in a comic It s a bit like Jennifer Connelly s transformation in Requiem for a Dream She goes from being a broken but still real person, to complete train wreck horrorshow Watching the first time she rebuffed the sleazy approaches of Leslie and Lemmy, two characters I don t think I ve hatedin a comic because Lapham writes them so well as villains, not because they re incompetently created before joining them in all sorts of horrifying ways, was shocking The way she just gave up her dignity was palpable, and yet she retained a sliver of her old self in some scenes later on incredible But I loved the other character portraits too Orson and Beth have their moments and are one of the most real comics couples I ve come across a bit over the top in places, to me anyway, but just because I don t know people like that doesn t mean they don t exist And the way their arc completes by the end is thrilling, you can t predict what ll happen next Nick is another great character When we first see him he comes across like so many of the Seaside residents as a low life, bumming around a dead end town, feeding his sybaritic desires Then Lapham develops him so he comes acomplex character a hero, a saviour, and a real person The art of Somewhere Out West is extraordinary I m not just talking about the visuals, though Lapham s expressive characters are amazing, and it s stunning what he can do with an 8 panel grid the format of most of the book But the art of everything from the visuals to the writing, to the storytelling and the layouts it all comes together in such an inspired way Stray Bullets is a grown up book in every sense of the word so I hugely recommend it to everyone of age though it s fine for later teens Stray Bullets is both high art and the best entertainment full marks to David Lapham on every aspect of this book There s so much good stuff here to talk about that I know I haven t done justice to in this review which is why I feel it s inadequate to say, but I ll leave it here this is a special comic Hovering between 4 and 5 stars Rounding up instead of down because Nick s character arc is fascinating and plausible his story perfectly captures a false man who presents himself differently to everyone, which he does effortlessly because he s as hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny And because of a superb plot device involving a head sized hole in a mobile home bedroom floor As the connections between the large cast of characters becomes clearer, this series becomesriveting Hovering between 4 and 5 stars Rounding up instead of down because Nick s character arc is fascinating and plausible his story perfectly captures a false man who presents himself differently to everyone, which he does effortlessly because he s as hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny And because of a superb plot device involving a head sized hole in a mobile home bedroom floor As the connections between the large cast of characters becomes clearer, this series becomesriveting Edit In later volumes the inclusion of the Amy Racecar stories comes to make sense, but when I read v2 they were still an unwelcome, out of joint puzzle More of this near surreal, yet at times darkly comical, and I mean darkly comical, grifter crime mystery thriller with a heart Nina, Beth and Orson are hiding out in a town in the middle of nowhere after an unspecified run of events against Harry s mob that sees them with a lot of his Cocaine In monochrome and at times sparse dialogue and or visuals Lapham teases out the relationships between the main AND secondary characters so well But what this series isthan anything else is story L More of this near surreal, yet at times darkly comical, and I mean darkly comical, grifter crime mystery thriller with a heart Nina, Beth and Orson are hiding out in a town in the middle of nowhere after an unspecified run of events against Harry s mob that sees them with a lot of his Cocaine In monochrome and at times sparse dialogue and or visuals Lapham teases out the relationships between the main AND secondary characters so well But what this series isthan anything else is story Let the saga continue 9 out of 12 Couldn t even finish it Tedious, disjointed to the point of needing a map at which point it feelslike work than enjoyment. Good god I love this series. Im getting kinda obsessed with this series it is so ridiculously fun that he s releasing them out of time order Im having a great time piecing everything together This issue has an especially fun Amy Racecar story, and I absolutely loved the bits of Virginia s diary so well done, did a real thirteen year old do the lettering Lapham is one of those writers you can make you love terrible people or is it just that all of his characters are so delightfully complex and murderous that you don t Im getting kinda obsessed with this series it is so ridiculously fun that he s releasing them out of time order Im having a great time piecing everything together This issue has an especially fun Amy Racecar story, and I absolutely loved the bits of Virginia s diary so well done, did a real thirteen year old do the lettering Lapham is one of those writers you can make you love terrible people or is it just that all of his characters are so delightfully complex and murderous that you don t get tied up reading through a biased moral point of view So great Stray Bullets Volume 1 Somewhere Out West collects issues 8 14 of the comic book series by David Lapham It s another over the top tale of violence and low lifes and I liked it.The town of Seaside has a boardwalk, but no waterfront They live in the hopes of a big California earthquake that will bring them the beach and make their property valuable It s a town in the middle of nowhere populated by nobodys This makes it the perfect town for Orson, Beth and Nina to hide from the mob in They Stray Bullets Volume 1 Somewhere Out West collects issues 8 14 of the comic book series by David Lapham It s another over the top tale of violence and low lifes and I liked it.The town of Seaside has a boardwalk, but no waterfront They live in the hopes of a big California earthquake that will bring them the beach and make their property valuable It s a town in the middle of nowhere populated by nobodys This makes it the perfect town for Orson, Beth and Nina to hide from the mob in They ve got a suitcase full of drugs, or they did until Nina started helping herself They have a nosy neighbor kid who is spying through the holes in their floor They try to hide out and not go stir crazy Can they stay below the radar, especially with Nina freaking out Seaside also has a big talking loser named Nick He talks a good game, but he s not as lucky with the ladies as he lets on He might get a chance at something if Beth and Nina have anything to say He might be the distraction they need, but what goes up does come down, or does it It s all black and white art, and I like Lapham s style The book is a series of stories that intertwine and weave around each other Amy Racecar, the psychopath from the first volume, makes an appearance The situations and violence are quirky and filled with dark humor The characters are strange and the stuff of garishly bad dreams I enjoyed the heck out of the first volume and this one too I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you for allowing me to review this very good graphic novel I can only see 3.0 meager stars Somewhere Out West Buttons pressed Unlikable characters v1 yes v2 yes.With redeeming qualities and or moments v1 yes v2 not so much.Senseless violence v1 almost too much v2 a bit less than that.With plot or character justification v1 mostly v2 only occasionally.Ugly visuals v1 yes v2 evenso Lemmy is almost sufficient reason never to open this book.For seemingly good reason s v1 i think so v2 i don t think so.Stereotyped behavior for many char I can only see 3.0 meager stars Somewhere Out West Buttons pressed Unlikable characters v1 yes v2 yes.With redeeming qualities and or moments v1 yes v2 not so much.Senseless violence v1 almost too much v2 a bit less than that.With plot or character justification v1 mostly v2 only occasionally.Ugly visuals v1 yes v2 evenso Lemmy is almost sufficient reason never to open this book.For seemingly good reason s v1 i think so v2 i don t think so.Stereotyped behavior for many characters and events v1 yep v2 yup.Of a forgivable variety v1 often v2 rarely never.Questions still plague me such as, Are we supposed toa KNOW what happened to Nina at the end of the last story please PM or comment b believe Seaside s citizens are reasonable facsimiles of real life smalltown folk c agree with Virginia s assessment of Beth and Orson s relationship d be amused by Sheriff MontanaNo longer confident that i ll read the entire series, i ll still begin v3, Other People, tonight You first notice the hole in the bedroom floor when the protagonist steps in it on page two it s covered by a rug, so he doesn t fall through But you know that David Lapham isn t gonna let a floor hole be a mere trivial inconvenience Later you see the rug above the hole waggling in the air some voyeur s head is poking up At some point the rug clears away so that a runaway girl can prop herself up just enough downstairs, so that her head appears as an angelic apparition for her drug addl You first notice the hole in the bedroom floor when the protagonist steps in it on page two it s covered by a rug, so he doesn t fall through But you know that David Lapham isn t gonna let a floor hole be a mere trivial inconvenience Later you see the rug above the hole waggling in the air some voyeur s head is poking up At some point the rug clears away so that a runaway girl can prop herself up just enough downstairs, so that her head appears as an angelic apparition for her drug addled playmate Later still the hole is the site of one of the most degrading, despicable murders in comix history Of course there sto this strange story than that floor hole The setting is a beachside resort in the middle of the desert the town is waiting for California to split off from the mainland and grow its own east coast And the gangsters innocents you ve seen in the first Stray Bullets stories get stranger and fuller here my favorite is Twenty Eight Guys Named Nick Plus exceptional violence, drug use, sex, revenge, and creepy circus clowns I ve never read anything like it and if we need a cinematic analogy, imagine a cross between Sam Peckinpah and David Lynch "/>
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Stray Bullets, Vol. 2: Somewhere Out West
  • David Lapham
  • English
  • 22 November 2017
  • 097271457X